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Burials


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We provide a wide range of burial options, including traditional, woodland, Muslim and Jewish burials.
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If you have questions or require more information, please contact us on 01492 577733, email us at erf@conwy.gov.uk or fill out our online form.

Graves

Graves are laid out in a regular pattern within the cemeteries. Once all the grave plots have been purchased, we cannot offer any new grave sites within that cemetery.
A grave may be purchased from the council and the grave owner then has the right to bury in the grave and to place a memorial on it.

The ownership of the land does not transfer, the Council owns all the land within the cemeteries. The rights to a grave are purchased for a legal maximum of 100 years. At the end of the period the lease may be renewed otherwise the rights transfer back to the Council.

The grave owner receives a deed to the grave which is a legal document and should be kept in a safe place. If you wish to transfer the deed to a new owner, please contact the administrative office on 01492 577732.
Depending on the site, up to three burials can be accommodated in each grave - but this must be requested at the time of the first burial. Once a grave has no further room for full coffin burials, it is possible for caskets of cremated remains to be buried in the grave.
The current fees can be found on the Fees and Charges page.


Woodland Burials

To meet the growing demand for more natural burials, we have woodland burial sites at Llanrhos Lawn Cemetery in Llandudno, Rhandir Hedd in Llanfairfechan and Tan y Foel at Penmaenmawr.

There are plots for full interments or ashes interments in the woodland burial sites. A young silver birch tree will be planted and maintained by the Council at the head of each grave plot shortly after the interment takes place. The wood will eventually provide a wildlife habitat giving food and shelter for local wildlife. The tree will prevent the grave being reused and the burial site will remain undisturbed as part of the natural woodland
The woodland areas are classified as a Local Authority Biodiversity Site. This entails mowing the area once a year and encouraging wildlife such as native wildflowers.
Headstones are not used on this type of burial site, and vases of flowers, statues or other artificial objects cannot be left at the graveside. This is not a traditional cemetery, it is a place where graves become part of the landscape.

Cut flowers will not normally be allowed. The only exception to this is those left on the grave at the time of interment. These should be bare stemmed with no cellophane or decorative wrapping. They will be removed when the flowers start to look unsightly.

Suitable native wild flowers or bulbs may be planted on the grave plot following consultation with the parks manager responsible for the site.
Only biodegradable coffins made of natural timber, cardboard, or woven grass will be permitted to ensure that the woodland burial area remains as natural as possible. No plastic or metal handles or inserts should be used. The same conditions also apply to cremated remains caskets.
All grave plots in the woodland area will be for one person. It is not possible to reserve graves. Plans have been developed to provide adequate space for woodland burials in Conwy’s and other local authority-owned cemeteries where space permits.
Each grave (including ashes plots) is marked with a unique number, which is attached to a stout wooden stake and carefully recorded on a detailed plan kept in the cemetery office at Bron y Nant crematorium.
When a burial takes place at Llanrhos, Tan y Foel or Llanfairfechan, the arrangements are at the discretion of the family of the deceased. You might choose to organise a funeral in the traditional way, using a Funeral Director, with a service followed by committal.

Alternatively, you may wish to purchase the grave and grave digging through the Council and then make the remaining arrangements yourselves.

We understand that flexibility is important, and as long as all conditions are met, most things are possible.
After the burial has taken place, we record all the details in our Burial Register (required by law) and issue a deed giving exclusive right of interment.

 

Muslim Burials

We provide an area in Llanrhos Lawn Cemetery for Muslim burials

Muslim graves will be prepared in accordance with procedures agreed with the Muslim community and in line with Muslim practice. The grave will be aligned towards Mecca on a North-East to South-West axis.
No. We permit non-coffin burials, or shroud burials, in Llanrhos Lawn Cemetery.
Many cemeteries level graves to make the cemeteries easier to maintain. We understand that this is strictly forbidden in the Muslim faith. Therefore, we will strim the grass on a regular basis taking care not to encroach on the grave space.
Yes, we are able to offer a Muslim burial within a 24 hour period provided that all necessary documentation is in order.

 

Jewish Burials

The burial section at Llanrhos is run on liberal Judaism lines, with arrangements left up to the bereaved family to decide how they wish to hold the funeral and mourn afterwards. Rabbis and congregational leaders can give guidance and explain Jewish customs where required, but our policy is to let families and individuals make their own decisions.

We expect that funerals will not take place on the Sabbath (Saturday) - burials are available every other day of the week. Graves are dug to the request of the family and can be for up to three burials.

Home and Private Burials

Please see Home and Private Burial section for more information.

National Assistance Burials

Please see the National Assistance Burial section for more information.


 

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